Fun Activites in Hawaii

What you need to know for a great time on your Hawaiian Vacation!

Many unusual and exotic things to eat can be found in restaurants and grocery stores here. We recommend you be adventurous and try all ten of our suggestions.

Our top ten taste treats in the Islands are:

1. Shave Ice - The island replacement for ice cream is literally shaved ice with sweet flavored syrup poured over the top. Variations include azuki beans or ice cream at the bottom. Island Snow is one of the favorite local brands.

2. Laulau - A luau is the best place to try this unique Hawaiian dish made with leaves similar to spinach wrapped around pork and butterfish.

3. Cracked Seed - Available at any convenience store, Li Hing Mui, Pickled Mango and many others are a favorite of local kids and adults alike.

4. Plate Lunch - Look for vans with long lines standing outside, and you've found a plate lunch wagon. Plate lunches are a bargain, with helpings large and tasty. A typical plate lunch consists of two scoops rice, macaroni salad and meat (teriyaki chicken or beef is always a good choice.)

5. Kalua Pig - Pork, slow cooked in an underground oven takes on a unique smoky flavor that is delicious. This island favorite is available at luaus or typically on Friday specials at restaurants.

6. Apple Bananas - This small local banana beats those big Chicitas by a mile! Look for roadside stands or buy them in the grocery.

7. Mangos - Seasonally available, you'll find kids selling them outside their homes in rural areas for 50 cents each.

8. Lomi Salmon - Another island favorite made with salmon, green onions and tomatos, available at luaus or typically on Friday specials at restaurants.

9. Poi - A staple of the Hawaiian diet, you may not like its bland flavor but you need to at least try it! Tastes great as a chaser to Lomi Salmon or Kalua Pig.

10. Haupia - One of our island favorites, this dessert made from coconuts, is available at luaus or typically on Friday specials at restaurants.

We recommend getting the Hawaii Entertainment Book before you come to Hawaii (they're not sold in bookstores). It's full of 2-for-1 coupons to many great restaurants and activities.


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